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UNI to be recognized for violence prevention

September 25, 2003

Dave Zarifis, director of public safety, University of Northern Iowa, (319) 273-2712
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Public Safety will be recognized for its effective approach to gender-based violence on campus at the ITT Industries Night Vision/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 25. The award recognizes outstanding community policing practices by agencies representing jurisdictions of all sizes. Five winners and 10 finalists were selected from more than 94 entries representing communities and agencies around the world.

'We share this award with the UNI campus and the metropolitan community,' said Dave Zarifis, director of UNI's Department of Public Safety. 'Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive, damaging and long-lasting crimes in our nation. This effort has received considerable university and community support and the partnerships that have evolved from this have been invaluable.'

UNI established a successful campus-wide effort in 2000 to address gender-based violence. This effort involved law enforcement, community service providers, sexual assault specialists and academic staff. Since the program began, the university has developed a number of initiatives including peer support projects, staff training, self-defense programs, and collaborations with the metropolitan community.